Tag Archives: petroleum

The Long-Term Tie Between Energy Supply, Population, and the Economy

The tie between energy supply, population, and the economy goes back to the hunter-gatherer period. Hunter-gatherers managed to multiply their population at least 4-fold, and perhaps by as much as 25-fold, by using energy techniques which allowed them to expand … Continue reading

Posted in Alternatives to Oil, Book draft, Food issues, Introductory Post | Tagged coal, deforestation, economy, electricity, energy supply, erosion, GDP, hunter-gatherer, Hydroelectric, oil, peat, petroleum, population, soil fertility, top soil | 158 Comments

True sustainability solutions

We live in a world with very limited solutions to our sustainability problems. I often hear the view, “If we would just get off fossil fuels, then our society would be sustainable.” Or, “If the price of oil would just … Continue reading

Posted in Planning for the Future | Tagged CO2, CO2 emissions, ecology, fossil fuels, natural gas, petroleum, solar PV, sustainability, wind turbines | 119 Comments

World Energy Consumption Since 1820 in Charts

Figure 1 shows the huge increase in world energy consumption that has taken place in roughly the last 200 years. This rise in energy consumption is primarily from increased fossil fuel use. With energy consumption rising as rapidly as shown … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications, Oil and Its Future | Tagged carbon dioxide, China, CO2, coal, economist, energy consumption, fossil fuels, oil, oil history, per capita energy consumption, petroleum, recession | 137 Comments

Why High Oil Prices Are Now Affecting Europe More Than the US

The world is presently sharing a limited supply of oil. When oil prices rise, oil production doesn’t rise very much, if at all. The issues then become: Which buyers get the oil? What uses get priced out of the market? … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications | Tagged Brent, debt defaults, diesel, Europe, Eurozone, fossil fuel, gasoline, imported oil, natural gas, oil, oil prices, peak oil, petroleum, recession, West Texas Intermediate, WTI | 75 Comments

The Most Important Resource for Our Future: Inexpensive Oil (but its not really available)

Our economy runs on oil. Most of the tractors used for growing food run on oil. Nearly all of today’s cars and trucks run on oil. It is popular to talk about changing to some other fuel, but the practicalities … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications, Introductory Post | Tagged crude oil, debt defaults, economic growth, oil, oil consumption, oil limits, oil supply, petroleum, recession | 64 Comments